Summer Registration is Almost Here: Register for camps and classes
THPRD will be able to offer both full and half-day camps, preschool camps, sports camps and nature camps. We’ll also be offering camps at more locations than last year.
Here are some key dates to know:
- April 12: Summer programming available online
- May 1: In-District Registration
- May 3: Out-of-District Registration
- June 21: Summer Camps/Classes Begin
The district will be hosting camp/class information on our website at www.thprd.org/portal and will not be producing a summer activities guide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Typically, we would have prepared the printed guide beginning in February and with the changing conditions and health/safety guidance a printed guide was not possible this summer.
To register for activities please visit the website at www.thprd.org/portal. Financial aid is available, learn more at http://www.thprd.org/activities/financial-aid.
Honoring THPRD Volunteers
April is National Volunteer Month and we want to take this time to say a huge THANK YOU to our fabulous THPRD volunteers! More than 1,000 people contributed nearly 9,000 hours to THPRD last year at a value of nearly $240,000 for their time. Volunteer help is always valued, but we are especially grateful for people’s efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. With district resources being impacted, the volunteer’s contributions of their time and talents were even more critical.
We offer lots of flexibility for volunteering from one-day community garden or natural area clean ups, to helping at community events, picture taking, videography, message garden painting, and more. Our staff will even work with your group to customize your volunteer experience. With students in need of service learning hours – please consider THPRD for your next volunteer experience. Learn more at http://www.thprd.org/connect/volunteer.
RISE Volunteer Opportunity
The district offers the Realizing Interest through Service Experience (RISE) leadership program where youth can develop the necessary leadership and communication skills to join the workforce. Teens are provided an introduction to volunteering with the park district and coached in safety, volunteer expectations, group dynamics, age-appropriate learning and more. They gain valuable work experience, earn school community service requirements, and have lots of fun!
Applicants must commit to a minimum of 50 hours of service within their interest area which could include district events, summer camps, afterschool, preschool, drop-in childcare, and therapeutic recreation programs. At this time, we are recruiting volunteers interested in assisting with leadership of district events, however we hope to be able to recruit youth to assist with leadership in other programs as additional COVID guidance comes out for the summer. Learn more and apply at http://www.thprd.org/connect/volunteer/youth.
Affiliate Process – Volunteers Needed for Stakeholders Work Group
THPRD invites community members to apply for a new Stakeholders Work Group to review THPRD’s affiliate policy and application process. Members will provide input to staff in developing proposals to make the process more equitable. The work group will also evaluate the impacts of any recommended changes.
- Time Commitment: 8 – 10 meetings
- Beginning: May 2021
- Schedule: One meeting/month
People who apply for the Stakeholders Work Group will
- Represent a variety of existing affiliated sports users
- Represent non-affiliated users of THPRD facilities
- Reflect the communities we serve and lift diverse voices and perspectives
Background on Affiliate Process
Affiliates are recognized groups by THPRD that represent youth and adult sports such as soccer, lacrosse, baseball, etc. Affiliates can represent both recreational and competitive sports. The process under review by this work group, helps inform how decisions are made for adding new sports users and how field, sport court, and pool allocations are prioritized.
Applications are due by April 15, 2021. Applications are available on the district’s website at http://www.thprd.org/activities/sports.